Text from this post originally appeared in the What’s New section of our March/April 2015 print issue.
Emma’s (40 Hampshire St.) is an institution in Cambridge that has been around for more than five decades. In that time, they’ve moved around and innovated to keep the store as fresh as their pizza. In the past few months alone they’ve hired a new head chef, started looking into food trucks and, most recently, named a few of their pizzas after neighborhood familiars. “Personalizing the pizza was an obvious next step for us,” says Lyndon Fuller, manager at Emma’s. “Naming them after the community we work in was a tip of the hat and a thank you to the community.” Names include Huron Village and Kendall Square, as well as nods to fellow local businesses like the Middle East, the Cantab and the Brattle.
ALL STAR SANDWICH BAR
Business partners and brothers Kosta and Johnny Diamantopoulos have unveiled a fresh menu for their eight-year-old business in Inman Square (1238 Cambridge St.). They’ve kept some of the old favorites, but new items include vegetarian options like bahn mi and their take on the caprese. If one of your favorites got the boot, don’t fret: It may show up later as a special. The restaurant also got a bit of a facelift, with an updated color scheme and new art on the walls.
THE BLUE FISH IS GOOD TONIGHT
In 1987, the Cambridge Arts Council asked artist Lisa Houck to paint a mural commemorating the original Legal Seafoods which opened in Inman Square in 1950. After nearly three decades, the mural had become a little faded. Houck believed that it would just be taken down, but the neighbors were too attached. According to a recent blog post on Houck’s website, the Cambridge Arts Council helped carefully remove the panels of the mural from the wall so that they could be restored in her studio. The mural won’t go back up until the weather is a little nicer, but it’s sure to bring some much needed color back to the area.
DAILY DINNER AT CRAIGIE ON MAIN
Have you ever had a craving for a piece of Chef Tony Maws’s incredible imagination only to realize that it’s Monday and Craigie on Main (853 Main St.) isn’t open for dinner? Well that will literally never happen again, because this award-winning restaurant is now open seven days a week. We don’t suggest eating there every day, but we definitely don’t frown upon it either.